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the public wants. >> it slows down the law-abiding and does nothing to anyone else. >> reporter: the bill includes background checks for all gun purchases. tougher penalties for gun trafficking, and more money for school safety. >> with rights come responsibilities. >> reporter: this new ad on the air in 13 states wants voters to make their voices heard, adding pressure on key republicans and democrats to get on board. >> that's why i support background checks so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can't buy guns. >> reporter: 90% of americans support universal checks. but advocates for gun owners say they won't solve the problem. >> this is prompted by the sandy hook murders. those guns. >> reporter: colleaguely purchased with background check. this would not have solved something like that. >> reporter: the nra wants to improve the current system and enforce laws on the books. members of congress are in their home districts for two weeks, plenty of time to hear from constituents. >> back to the key pro vision left out of the bill, the assault weapons ban. any chance it will gate
. >>> a victory of sorts for advocates of stricter gun control laws. senate majority leader harry reid says gun legislation that will be debated next month will include an expansion of federal background checks for firearms buyers. that came after vice president biden's trip to new york city where he called for tougher gun laws after a meeting with parents of children killed in the newtown massacre. we've now learned that one of the children's parents have met with the father of the gunman adam lanza in an effort to bring some closure to the tragedy. >>> the new budget deal just passed by congress last night appears to continue the requirement for six-day mail delivery. but some lawmakers and postal officials say plans to cut saturday service to save money should proceed. others say a provision in the bill mandates six-day delivery. >>> faced with a billion dollar deficit, dozens of elementary schools in chicago are being closed. officials claim most of the 54 elementary schools to be shut down are half empty anyway. but opponents say these closures mostly in poor and black areas will further e
warnt to test it and perhaps even discard it. israeli law forbids plants and trees from other countries entering israel. >>> and then there's this, the president's limo, nickname ed the beast had to be hauled off on the back of a flatbed truck. the secret service says diagnostic tests are still being done to determine why it broke down in jerusalem. the high-tech cadillac is being sent back to the u.s. for more tests. of course, the president is not stranded. he always travels with a spare. >> beast 2. beast 1 and beast 2. >> there you go. >> let's take a look at the weather across the nation. colder than normal in the northeast. flurries from central new jersey to boston and cape cod. snow showers around the great lakes. rain changing from kansas city and memphis. all rain around the south. dallas, shreveport, snow in the rockies and cascades and some showers in the pacific northwest. >> 40s from seattle to billings, 20s for the upper midwest. 40 in new york and 77 in miami. >>> all right, important update here. there was no winning ticket drawn for last night's $260 million powerball
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